Tuesday, November 20, 2012

It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. Have A Great Holiday Season.

Have A Great Holiday Season.

MQTlogoa I received this in an Email from an “older” friend and thought I would share.

joetoddsaysAnd then it is Winter.
You know. . . time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.

But, here it is... the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise...How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? I remember well...seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.


But, here it is...my friends are retired and getting grey...they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me...but, I see the great change...Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant...but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be. Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore... it's mandatory! Cause if I don't on my own free will... I just fall asleep where I sit!


And so...now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!! But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it will last...this I know, that when it's over. its over.Yet I believe  a new beginning to.


Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done...things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime.


So, if you're not in your winter yet...let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, what ever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don't put things off too long!! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life...so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember...and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!

"Life" is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.







JOELINDA1 Joe Todd and Linda wish each and everyone of you a great holiday season. Remember…………………………………..


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Friday, November 16, 2012

WalkAbout Key West Florida the Conch Republic

Walkabout Key West Florida the Conch Republic. A great place to spend some QUALITY TIME… I doubt the place ever sleeps LOL

MQTlogoa A WALKABOUT KEYWEST FLORIDA. We will start in Fort Myers Beach and take the Key West Express to our destination.DSC_0074For us this was a four hour trip each way and we all took seasick “pills”. The seas were rough and poor Linda really had a rough time.She swears she will NEVER EVER get on another boat. Anyway as we leave Fort Myers (might as well link to Sunday Bridges).






Arriving at Key West with about 4-5 hours to see the sights.Key West is an island in the Straits of Florida on the North American continent at the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys. The island is about 90 miles (140 km) from Cuba. More on Wikipedia…ARRIVAL…….



Realizing we can walk this self guided tour we set off to get something to eat. Linda having a really empty stomach and feeling better was really hungry.DSC_0075  

Map picture


Check out the Duval St.WEBCAM

There we are a favorite hang out of Ernest Hemingway. DSC_0078



Since 1933, Sloppy Joe's hospitable staff has welcomed patrons daily. Visiting the internationally known bar, guests are instantly enveloped by the history of Sloppy Joe's and Key West. READ MORE




After an original Sloppy Joe time for more walking though there are other ways to get around.Our next destination will be Ernest Hemingway's home.



So many interesting places.DSC_0096




More Walking Linda looks better after a good meal)






DSC_0108 For a tour of the house/grounds CLICK for a previous post.

HEMINGWAY Papa Hemingway


DSC_0164 We really didn’t have time to take the tour. The cost would have been $13.00 per person and no photos were allowed. With more time would probably have been interesting.


Key West Museum of Art & History, formerly known as the Old Post Office and Customs house.


DSC_0173 If I were to do it again I would spend the night and return the next day.



DSC_0183 A free and quick stop with some benches to sit on and a guitar player…

keywestbouy The Conch Republic… Conchs..

Many of the residents of Key West were immigrants from the Bahamas, known as Conchs (pronounced 'conks'), who arrived in increasing numbers after 1830. Many were descendants of Loyalists who fled to the nearest Crown colony during the American Revolution.(What is a Fresh Water Conch???) You will just have to look it up LOL

coolperson Hope you enjoyed the post..Stay COOL…………………….CLICK for famous Florida Sunsets

Note on the Key West Express:: If you have any tendency for seasickness and the seas are rough at all watch out. On the trip back you could not walk about the boat without going from one hand hold to another. Personally I was lucky when I wasn’t helping Linda I was able to sit at a table and watch a couple shows. The crew had ample “Barf Bags” to pass out.